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Not a good movie, but not a complete and utter waste of time like other SyFy features
I do dislike most of SyFy's movies, but I do get some novelty value out of watching them and I also see if they actually do make something worthwhile. Although a vast majority of SyFy's movies range from bad to bottom-of-the-barrel, they have made a small handful that are tolerable if still flawed, with The Lost Future being the best they've done. I do agree to some extent that the previous negative reviewer was too harsh, especially with only judging its quality after just 20 minutes, as it wasn't as diabolical as all that.
However, I didn't think it was a good movie, SyFy have certainly done worse, you're lucky this wasn't another Titanic II, Quantum Apocalypse, Camel Spiders or Alien vs. Hunter, but that is excusing the many flaws I feel this movie has. The photography and such are not as dull or as slipshod as SyFy can be with their production values, but there is nothing exceptional either. I admit I liked the monster, it was an attempt at an original thought and it was interesting with some menace. The special effects are not great, with the yetis more reminiscent of mutant polar bears.
By all means, they(the effects) are not as crude as the ones in Mega Piranha for instance, but they have a tendency to have a rushed look to them in the big set pieces, such as in the helicopter explosion. The script has one too many cheesy lines and ones that flow awkwardly, and the story is structurally thin, ridiculous at times, never really thrilling and feels like snippets of their previous movies strung together going at a very frantic pace. Plus anybody interested in animals and geography will bang their heads on the wall once they hear the film's explanation for the yetis being in the Arctic rather than in China.
Consequently I didn't feel anything for the characters, they felt in general bland and like the typical stereotypes that are frequently in SyFy's movies. The acting has been worse before and since, but it is still not good. Jonas Armstrong is a nice presence and the leads are quite earnest, but Yancy Butler(though she looks beautiful) and David Hewlett can't make up for the fact that they don't have much to work with. In fact, that could be true of the whole cast, it's pretty much running in snow, trying to battle off the yetis and "rescue the chopper" mumbling. All in all, a bad movie in my opinion, but I can think of worse ways to waste my time. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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